Meet Mathew, Jennifer, and Shaunta. They are the latest Lifeline Project participants to be profiled in our ongoing series highlighting the needs of transplant patients.
In 2009 at 28 years old, Mathew, a talented concrete finisher with a bright future, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). He underwent an emergency bone marrow transplant to treat the disease. As a result of treatment he is unable to do many of the things he loves like being out in the sun and working in construction. He also was required to have all of his teeth removed, but his insurance only covered extractions and not the cost of dentures. Mathew would appreciate assistance with the cost of dentures.
Jennifer and her husband have been married for 18 years and have two daughters who are almost eight and ten years old. Jennifer is currently receiving a stem cell transplant to treat her diagnosis of multiple myeloma. Since Jennifer and her family live over 600 miles from a transplant center, they have all needed to move while she undergoes treatment. Jennifer used to work as a teacher’s aid, but when she was diagnosed she had to stop working because of her compromised immune system. Her husband has also needed to stop working in order to be with their daughters and stay with Jennifer as she undergoes treatment.
Shaunta was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and must undergo blood and platelet transfusions twice a week as well as routine chemotherapy treatments. She spends a lot of time in the hospital as a result of the treatments and the multiple side-effects they cause. A bone marrow transplant is her best chance for a cure and Shaunta sees it as an opportunity to get back to “fulfilling the ministries that God has called me to do such as preaching, teaching, singing, web designing, and media planning.” She is challenged by the many medical bills not covered by insurance and would be appreciative of any support.
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The Bone Marrow Foundation was honored today to participate in Charity Day 2013.
Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners originally started Charity Day to remember the 658 employees who died as a result of the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Each September 11th, the firms donate 100% of their revenue raised that day to charities around the world. Celebrities from television, movies, sports, and music work the phones, under the guidance of professional traders, raising money and awareness for causes and organizations. This year The Bone Marrow Foundation was selected as one of the 40 benefiting charities and former Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher was on-hand as the Foundation’s celebrity representative.
Thank you to Canter Fitzgerald, BGC Partners, Bill Cowher, and all the celebrities who helped make the day a success!